Sat Sept 9 3pm Press Release

Indian River County Hurricane Irma Update

Saturday, September 09, 2017: 3 p.m.

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY – Even though Hurricane Irma’s track moved more to the west, a hurricane watch and a storm surge warning remain in effect for Indian River County. County officials remind residents and businesses to stay vigilant and continue preparations. Due to the size and intensity of this hurricane, one small shift to the east could drastically change landfall locations.

Weather conditions for Indian River County will begin to deteriorate by tonight as winds increase and the potential for isolated tornadoes escalate along the coast. Beginning early Sunday, September 10th winds will intensify as tropical storm force winds impact the county and by Sunday evening, damaging winds, exceeding 50 mph, is forecasted.


Mandatory evacuations are in effect today, Saturday, September 9 at 8 a.m. for residents who live in areas prone to flooding, substandard housing and manufactured homes, and those who may be impacted by the storm surge such as the barrier islands and areas east of U.S. 1. For a map of shelters and evacuation routes visit:


Indian River County has established six shelters which opened today at 8 a.m. Saturday, September 9.

  • The Treasure Coast Elementary School, 8955 85th Street, Sebastian, FL is an established special needs shelter. Residents planning to use the special needs shelter must pre-register at
  • A pet friendly shelter has been established at Liberty Magnet School, 6850 81st Street in Vero Beach (772) 388-4592 . Residents need to bring crates for their pets, as well as food, water and litter. All pets must have up-to-date vaccinations. Pets, along with their owners, will be taken by a first come, first serve basis.
  • General population shelters:
  • Fellsmere Elementary School, 50 North Cypress Street, Fellsmere, FL
  • Sebastian River Middle School, 9400 Fellsmere Road, Sebastian, FL
  • Oslo Middle School, 480 20th Avenue SW, Vero Beach, FL
  • Freshman Learning Center, 1507 19th Street, Vero Beach, FL


Want to dispel two rumors: (1) there no curfews in effect (2) power and electricity are not scheduled to be shut off.


In response to Hurricane Irma’s impacts on the residents and businesses of Indian River County, the Emergency Operations Center was fully activated (Level 1) today and will remain active until the storm passes. Updates will be provided by WQCS 88.9 FM, government Channel 27, and the county’s Facebook page. Press conferences will be telecasted live on the internet at and on the radio at 91.9 ChristianFM. Indian River County’s Information Hotline, 772-226-3930 will be open 24 hours.

For more information visit: